MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Backgate construction project is right on schedule, according to Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier, but drivers say the congestion and traffic hassle is still giving them a lot of headaches.
"It's absolutely terrible," said motorist Kat Testa, "I work in Murrells Inlet and I have to drive through it every day. Sometimes, I'll take the Garden City route even though it's longer."
Despite slow commutes and bumper-to-bumper congestion, progress is being made in the project, with side roads like Fred Nash Boulevard easing construction traffic.
Local businesses around those side roads say they're actually seeing more potential customers thanks to the new side roads, but also say it comes with its own costs.
"Drivers take their life into their own hands because there's no light here," said Chris Marden at Joe's Diner at the Airport. "We tell them to take Fred Nash, but they don't realize it's open."
Many drivers get caught up in the sheer volume of northbound traffic coming out of the construction zone, and it causes other motorists to hold their breath.
"I just can't wait until the construction's done," said Amber Summers, who also works at Joe's Diner by the Airport. "Nobody knows what the heck's going on."
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